The bizarre Queers for Palestine and their deranged sisters at Code Pink will not be able to make sense of this: A gay Iranian poet is leaving the Islamic Republic of Iran (a country governed entirely by clerics of the Religion of Peace) and is seeking to live in the Zionist Entity (the source of all evil and oppression).
Three months ago Israel granted a temporary visa to Iranian poet Payam Feilli. It was then that Feilli’s personal hell came to an end. After decades of persecution, the poet finally made it to only place he could ever imagine living outside of his native Iran.
Feilli, who is openly gay, fled to Turkey in 2014 after getting blacklisted and detained by Iran’s morality militia. Today Feilli is safely ensconced in the Israeli metropolis of Tel Aviv where he can publish his writings without the threat of censorship or intimidation.
In 2011, he was arrested the first of three times. The first two he was detained by plainclothes agents for nearly a month, and the third lasted for 44 days. That last began in February 2014: He was at home alone when three bearded men forced their way into his house, wrapped him in tape, blindfolded him, and brought him to a garden where he was kept in a shipping container.
In fairness, the oppression he faced in Iran pales next to the trauma faced by gay special snowflakes when Milo Yiannopoulos criticizes feminism.